Thursday, 16 August 2012
A local primary school has had an out of bounds area transformed into a fun, safe and stimulating learning environment.
St Helen’s primary school in Swansea was nominated by ABM’s Property Manager, Fiona Edwards, as the focus for a community benefit scheme.
Contractors, Willmott Dixon, who have been undertaking multi-million pound improvements to Singleton Hospital switched their attention to the school as a way of saying thank you to the local community.
Willmott Dixon, engage with the wider community as part of its Considerate Contractor remit. This means that during building work, the company will lend their expertise to develop a community scheme. It’s often seen as a way to say thank you for the patience and tolerance a local community shows while building work was underway.
Willmott Dixon was the main contractor responsible for the refurbishment of the Singleton hospital façade and also the updating of Wards, 2, 4 and 6.
Fiona Edwards said: “The school is landlocked and has no playing fields so every outside space is precious. Its use for children’s enjoyment, the health & fitness of mind & body and learning through play is maximised as funds allow.
“This area would have remained a dark, damp, weedy corner without Willmott Dixon’s investment in time, money and resources.”
Picture: Pupils enjoying the space, alongside Mark Thompson Head Teacher, Tom Millard Willmott Dixon, Fiona Edwards ABM Property Manager (Arts in Health) & Tony Thomas ABM Project Manager
Working with ABM’s Arts in Health Board, Willmott Dixon will also be assisting in the framing of a series of photographs depicting positive images of old age, as commissioned by Consultant Wyn Harris, for Ward 4.
The Arts in Health Board use artwork to improve the environment of ABM hospitals to help patients’ wellbeing and recovery. They also strengthen links with the community and arts education in the city.